Column: Approach to tough test lesson in bad parenting




One morning this past week, as I was listing for my daughter her many stellar attributes and achievements, I was struck with worry. We’ve all heard about “tiger parenting,” but what if I’ve become something worse? What if I have become a “My Little Pony” parent?

We’ve all met them or seen them. Most of us have been them. And mostly, when we have, we’ve done our kids more harm than good.

The term tiger parenting was popularized by author, Yale law professor and (somewhat) reformed psycho-obsessive mom Amy Chua. Tiger parents try to drive their kids toward excellence by insisting they work harder and do better. Chua didn’t let her two daughters have sleepovers, made them practice violin and piano for hours each day, found anything less than an A-plus unacceptable and once rejected a birthday card from her 4-year-old because she found the quality wanting.

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